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2019 8(ish) Days of Xmas

3 Dec 2019 10:10 PM | Anonymous

The 2019 8(ish) Days of Xmas ride series is here!  Now in its 13th year, the 8(ish) Days features daily rides on Tucson’s best trails with your favorite organizations, groups, and businesses.  Let’s ride some bikes, make some new friends, and maybe even do a little trail work! Check back often for calendar updates.

All rides and events are open to everyone, and ride leaders make every effort to ensure no one gets dropped.  If you are unfamiliar with a trail or unsure of your ability level, please do your research in advance.  Helmets are required on all rides.  Unless specifically noted, events are not hosted by SDMB.

We’re always looking to add to the ride schedule.  If you’re interested in adding a ride or event, contact trailsteward@sdmb.org.

Thanks to all of our ride leaders!

2019 8(ish) Days of Xmas Ride/Event Schedule

Sat 12/21: 100-Acre Wood Bike Park Build Day

  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Time/Location: 9:00 AM @ 100-Acre Wood Bike Park (2681 S. Alvernon Way)
  • Description: Volunteer build day at the bike park.
  • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/573181223256397/
  • Leader: Evan Pilling; trailsteward@sdmb.org
Sun 12/22: Blue Dog TMP Ridgehunter Loop w/ Blue Dog Bicycles
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Time/Location: 10:00 AM @ Richard Genser Starr Pass Trailhead
  • Description: A 30-mile tour of some of the chunkiest trails in the Tucson Mountains including Explorer/Cat Mountain, Little Cat, Brown Mountain Clockwise, Golden Gate, Wormhole, Bowtie, and Hooligan. 
  • Event Link: TBD
  • Leader: Nate Woiwode
Sun 12/22: Honeybee Canyon w/ SAMBA
Mon 12/23: Festivus w/ the Cranksters @ Sweetwater
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Time/Location: 8:00 AM @ Sweetwater Trailhead
  • Description: Air your grievances for Festivus and ride with the Cranksters at Sweetwater!  This will be a “choose your own adventure” ride with many options, and the Cranksters will be at the lot with donuts and beverages.
  • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2486658234716469/
  • Leader: Gus Markes

Tues 12/24: Family Ride on The Loop w/ Our MTB Rides

  • Difficulty: Kid/Family Friendly      
  • Time/Location: 9:00 AM @ The Loop Trailhead @ Craycroft
  • Description: Bring the family for this fun ride on the loop the day before Christmas. We will ride to Children's Memorial Park (about 8 miles one way) From there you can choose to hang out at the park or continue to Kory Laos Memorial Freestyle BMX Bicycle Park (another 4 miles).
  • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/447803452819471/
  • Leader: Dave Slagle

Tues 12/24: Christmas Eve Arizona Trail Ride w/ Copper Spoke Bicycles

  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate      
  • Time/Location: Time TBD @ Camino Loma Alta Trailhead
  • Description: Join Copper Spoke Cycles for a SDMB 8(ish) Days of Christmas ride, on a scenic meandering of the Arizona Trail! We will be starting at the Camino Loma Alta Arizona Trailhead. Everyone is welcome, as we make our way to the Pistol Hill Gate and back.

    This ride will be approximately 15 miles round trip and could include a creek crossing or two.
  • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/745823165900751/
  • Leader: Ryan Tiffin
Wed 12/25: OPEN
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Thurs 12/26: Urban Assault w/ Catalina Brewing Company
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Time/Location: 7:00 PM @ Catalina Brewing Company
  • Description: A bike ride that starts and finishes at a brewery… what could be better!  Join the CBC folks for an exploration of the features, back alleys, and urban singletrack nearby.  Bring a light!
  • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/3346464018760355/
  • Contact: Brian Vance
Fri 12/27: OPEN
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Sat 12/28: SDMB Starr Pass Poker Ride & Trail Run
  • Postponed to 1/5/20 due to rain!
Sun 12/29: Green Mountain, Bug Spring, & Prison Camp Shuttle Ride w/ TORCA
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Time/Location: 9:00 AM at Molino Basin CG (please carpool!)
  • Description: A shuttle ride on some of Mt. Lemmon's best all-mountain trails!  TORCA maintains the Mt. Lemmon trails, and you get to benefit from their hard work.  This is a burly ride but no one gets dropped and there are several bailout points.  
  • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/503172403648363/

Mon 12/30: Dig Day @ 100-Acre Wood Bike Park

  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Time/Location: 9:00 AM at 100-Acre Wood Bike Park (2681 S. Alvernon Way)
  • Description: Help finish the Green XC Trail at the bike park!  No experience needed, and SDMB provides all the tools.  Volunteers need to bring work gloves, water, and snacks.  
  • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/502792260595723/
  • Contact: Ben Chandler @ Ben's Bikes

Mon 12/30: Ben's Bikes Monday Night Ride @ Fantasy Island

  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Time/Location: 6:15 PM at Ben's Bikes (7431 S. Houghton Rd.)
  • Description: A leisurely spin around Fantasy Island.  
  • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/452369799019414/
  • Contact: Ben Chandler @ Ben's Bikes
Tues 12/31: 50-Year Trail w/ Our Church of Kinetic Energy (FB group)
  • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced (depending on route)
  • Time/Location: 9:00 AM at Golder Ranch TH.
  • Description: we will ride to the top of The Chutes and tap a lap,then up we go clockwise to Around the Mountain and head to Cowboy/Slickrock where we will visit the Rock formations that make this trail unique including the Madonna and Yoda rock. From there we will continue to descend the Upper 50 for some technical drops and rock rolls then on to Middlegate trail for more fun flowing descents and the back to the parking lot . This is a no drop ride with plenty of outs and B-lines to match your skill level.
  • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/481948745781723/
  • Contact: Joe Kinman
Wed 1/1:  MTB Addicts FI Hangover Ride
  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Time/Location: 11:30 AM @ Fantasy Island South Entrance (Valencia Rd.)
  • Description: Celebrate New Year’s Day with the Addicts!  This is without a doubt the biggest single group ride of the year.  Beginners can ride the Bunny Loop, and anyone can add Lone Cactus and other trails for more miles.
  • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2067705406662442/
  • Leader: Bobby Harris
Sat 12/28: SDMB Starr Pass Poker Ride & Trail Run
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Time/Location: 9:00 AM @ Richard Genser Starr Pass Trailhead
  • Description: Ride your bike, collect cards, win prizes!  Join SDMB for the 3rd year of the Poker Ride & Trail Run.  Choose your route to hit checkpoints and get cards, and the best poker hands win!
  • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/376169173270639/




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